Cloud isn't about cost savings

BRETT SWARTZ | December 4, 2018

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Despite initiatives from the highest levels to push the migration of federal workloads to the cloud, adoption of the technology at federal agencies has lagged. "After more than eight years of sustained top-down pressure on agencies and the promise of cloud's well-understood economic benefits, we've seen only modest levels of buy-in across government, Accenture Federal Services CTO Dominic Delmolino wrote earlier this year. "Not a single agency met a governmentwide target set by the Office of Management and Budget that 15 percent of IT spending in 2016 be on cloud computing services."That might surprise some readers. If there has been executive-level buy-in for cloud initiatives, why has adoption been so slow? The answer has much to do with the sales pitch for cloud computing, particularly the unfortunate focus on cost savings.

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